in a changing learning landscape: Reflections from a dialogue on new roles
Editors: Jan Visser & Muriel Visser-Valfrey
Publisher: Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Series: Lifelong Learning Book Series
Series Editors: David N. Aspin and Judith D. Chapman
Published June 2008
Learners, teachers, researchers and policymakers who are willing
to rethink their assumptions while entering into the dialogue proposed by the book
About this book:
book is about questions. Today's learners face constant change.
Adaptive learner expertise is key to their survival on a learning
journey that lasts a lifetime. This requires new thinking of
all actors in the learning environment. The fundamental process
through which this book was created is an extended in-depth dialogue
among researchers, lifelong learners, educators, and thinkers.
"Working on this book was
a very special kind of experience," says John Bransford
(University of Washington), a contributing author to the book
and renowned researcher on how people learn. While participating
in the dialogue "we were all helped to walk our talk
and use technology to improve everything we did I'm convinced
that the conversations will not end with this book. Through technology-based
dialogue facilitated by the magic touch of the editors
leadership, I'm sure that all of usauthors and readers
of this volumewill continue to learn from one another.
This is the way that collaborative science should work."
Researchers in the learning
sciences; educators; educational policymakers; and students of
instructional design, learning systems, learning-oriented communication,
alternate views of teaching and learning, interaction between
technology and learning/teaching, distance education/online learning
(e-learning), adult learning, alternatives to school-based learning,
non-formal and informal education, competencies for (online)
learning and teaching, educational policy (particularly if not
limited to the school context), and new directions and approaches
in educational research.
Each of the 14 chapters is preceded
by an abstract (click here
to see an overview
of all abstracts) and concludes with sections on 'Resources
for further exploration' and 'Questions for comprehension and
application.' These latter sections have been specifically developed
having in mind the use of this book as a textbook for advanced
courses at the graduate level.
J. W. Brown Publication Award:
In October 2009, Learners
in a Changing Learning Landscape was awarded a prestigious
2009 James W. Brown Publication Award as an "Outstanding
Publication in the field of Educational Technology." The
award ceremony took place on October 30, 2009, during the Annual
Convention of the Association for Educational Communications
and Technology, held in Louisville, Kentucky.
The world is changing, learners
are changing, and thus the learning processes must change as
well. Will technology answer the challenges of these changes?
Is the institution of the school capable of adapting to the changes?
These are crucial questions that educators and scholars in the
field of learning have no choice but to ask themselves, and there
is no better source for reflection on such questions than this
book. We all have a lot to learn so we can cope with the changing
world, and this book is a very useful tool for that.
Gavriel Salomon (Recipient
of the Sylvia Scribner Award by the AERA Div. C, Recipient of
the Israeli National Award for lifelong achievements in educational
In this book the authors confront
and address the challenges of teaching, learning, adaptivity,
and collaboration in the 21st century. In a most readable prose,
they share the results of their sustained dialogic inquiry about
the impact of new technologies. They integrate a wide range of
studies and provide an interdisciplinary vision of the future
that is both hopeful and informative.
Vera John-Steiner (Author
of Notebooks of the Mind and Creative Collaboration)
I can think of few books that
so richly analyze the complex transformations that we are now
experiencing in the learning and education environment. Learning
has become a multi-faceted, interactive and often auto-didactic
process, driven by profound changes to the culture of institutions
as well as to their purpose. This book allows us to navigate
these new and often uncharted terrains with essays that traverse
the most basic elements of learning right through to the complex
shifts being engendered by digital technologies. A magnificent
and valuable book!
Ron Burnett (President of
the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design - author of How
Is the technologized world of
today and tomorrow a landscape where learners can thrive? The
contributors to this probing volume both celebrate and question
the future of learning in an unsettling era of digital environments
and global interactions.
David Perkins (Senior Professor,
Harvard Graduate School of Education - author of Smart Schools
and Outsmarting IQ)
Table of contents:
1. Let the dialogue begin: An
introduction.- 2. Constructive interaction with change: Implications
for learners and the environment in which they learn.- 3. The
learning sciences, technology and designs for educational systems:
Some thoughts about change.- 4. Learners in a changing learning
landscape: Reflections from an instructional design perspective.-
5. The influence of epistemological beliefs on learners
perceptions of online learning: Perspectives on three levels.-
6. Getting to know the feral learner.- 7. Postsecondary education
in the changing learning and living landscapes.- 8. Online learning
in context.- 9. New online learning technologies: New online
learner competencies. Really?- 10. Reflections on seeking the
invisible online learner.- 11. Will games and emerging
technologies influence the learning landscape?- 12. What makes
good online instruction good? New opportunities and old barriers.-
13. Why basic principles of instruction must be present in the
learning landscape, whatever form it takes, for learning to be
effective, efficient and engaging.- 14. We question, we reflect,
and we question again, therefore we are : An analysis of
the evolving dialogue around the central themes in this book.-
About the authors.- Index.
Chapters 1 and 2: Jan Visser; Ch 3: John Bransford, Mary Slowinski,
Nancy Vye, & Susan Mosborg; Ch 4: Jeroen van Merriënboer
& Slavi Stoyanov; Ch 5: Christina Rogoza; Ch 6: Mary Hall;
Ch 7: Yusra Laila Visser; Ch 8: Diana Stirling; Ch 9: Ileana
de la Teja & Tim Spannaus; Ch 10: Michael Beaudoin; Ch 11:
Deb LaPointe; Ch 12: Michael Spector; Ch 13: David Merrill; Ch
14: Muriel Visser-Valfrey.